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photo mela

To introduce and engage people who are curious about the visual arts in a way that entertains and inspires them, DPF2015 introduces the Photomela. 

The Photomela will provide a great space for photography enthusiasts, families and individuals from different walks of live to come together and explore photography through a range of exhibitions and photographic activities.

Dates: October 31 to November 2, 2015 

Time: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Location:CV Mess, IGNCA

Entry to the Mela is free of charge.



Vintage Photographic Processes

A workshop conducted by India Photo Archive Foundation in collaboration



To understand the history  and evolution of photography its essential to practically experience some of these historical printing process. These hands-on workshop will introduce the participants to the basics of the Cyanotype, Egg Albumen, Salt Prints  and Wet Plate Collodion  printing processes.

participants will learn how to mix light-sensitive chemistry, how to sensitize, expose, and process Images , and a brief history of the process. They will get an opportunity to make at least two prints/glass plate negatives of each process. Participants will also be able to make both photograms and photographic prints from variety of negatives and objects available with us. They are also encouraged to bring along their own selection of flat objects to make photograms and negatives.


An exhibition of vintage photographic process prints will be on display on the steps of the Amphitheatre..


October 31, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm: Cyanotype prints

Invented by the English  Scientist Sir John Herschel in the 1840s, the cyanotype process useslight-sensitive iron salts to form a striking blue photographic image.  Also popularly Known as Blue Prints .


November 1, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm: Egg Albumen & Salt Paper Prints

Also called albumen silver print, it was invented by Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard.

It was the first commercially exploitable method of producing a photographic print on a paper base from a negative. It used the albumen found in egg whites to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper and became the dominant form of photographic positives from 1855 to the turn of the 20th century, with a peak in the 1860-90 period. 

The Salt Print was the dominant paper-based photographic process for producing positive prints during the period from 1839 through approximately 1860. The salted paper technique was created in the mid-1830s by English scientist and inventor Henry Fox Talbot.


November 2, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm: Collodion Process (1850s)

This revolutionary photographic process was invented by Frederick Scott Archer.

By the end of that decade it had almost entirely replaced the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype. During the subsequent decades of its popularity, many photographers and experimenters refined the process. This process requires the photographic material to be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed within the span of about fifteen minutes, necessitating a portable darkroom for use in the field.



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Aditya Arya  specializes  in the genre of advertising and industrial photography. The other hat he wears is that of a photo historian. Uncovering historic photographic works, poring over thousands of negatives and vintage prints, honing his skills and knowledge on preservation, restoration and archiving, Arya has played a pivotal role in the formation of the India Photo Archive Foundation and setting up of a Unique Museum of photography  MUSEO CAMERA with more than 1000 iconic cameras from 1870.

Malhar Dhruv is a photographer based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. He works on commercial assignments and has also undertaken several visual ethnographic surveys and craft documentation projects across India. He divides his time between professional work, personal projects, teaching, and his newly found passion in reviving historic photographic processes.




Camera Obscura 

Workshop by Click Academy and Polish Institute in New Delhi

conducted by Martushka Fromeast


The history of the optical darkroom, equipped with a small hole creating a picture on a surface opposite to the hole, is longer then the history of photography. Camera obscura history dates back over millennia. The camera obscura is a closed box or room, where the light gets only through the small round hole. Its name came from Latin. The picture inside the camera obscura come into being because of the intersection of light rays running from the object and creating upside down picture on light sensitive material.


Workshop participants will collaborate to construct gigantic (7X7X7 feet) pinhole camera installation. They will have opportunity to understand how human eye and photography camera works, will learn how to make hand made cameras, will have opportunity to present their collaborative work to the audience of Delhi Photo Festival.


'Romani Click', an exhibition of camera obscura images by the tutor Martushka Fromeast, will be on display on the steps of the Amphitheatre.


Dates: October 31 & November 1

Time: 1.30 to 5.30 pm

Location: Amphitheatre, CV Mess, IGNCA



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Martushka Fromeast is fascinated by people and their stories. She has background in cultural anthropology, photography and design. In 2004 she founded the Click Academy (, an art group using pinhole photography as a means of social change through empowering communities to address the issues they face. Currently she committed herself to rising awareness of the richness of the cultural heritage of Himalayas,




Portray Yourself

with Little Black Book x The Portret Project


Portray Yourself with LBB x TPP aims to reinterpret the way we all view ourselves and to delve into the way people are perceived by the world. Part of this will be 'Ego Ideal', a curatorial project that TPP has been hosting for the past two years as a public art project. There is this fascination that individuals have with the  “self”, a portrait to some degree is the idealized image of oneself. Moreover, this exercise will be used to explore a layman’s perception of a portrait photo as well as analyze and observe different portrait sitters.


Date: Oct 31 & Nov 1

Time: 2 pm onwards

Location: CV Mess, IGNCA



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Little Black Book

A curated guide to New Delhi that aims to provide information on any and everything that's new and happening in town, Little Black Book has something for everybody - be it about food, events, travel, or lifestyle. 

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The Portret Project

TPP aims to explore important questions of how the self is represented and defined as well as the means through which this commemoration takes place. This is, in itself, a highly revealing aesthetic exercise. Also, the genre has widened its parameters to include diverse media and now offers an array of new possibilities and dimensions for facial and bodily representation in terms of form and content.




The Awesome Race!

Treasure Hunt with LBB & Delhigram


Join the Little Black Book crew along with Delhigram, as we take you through a quick tour of Delhi Photo Festival, albeit with a twist. Prepare to view the exhibits in a way you ordinarily wouldn’t, to chase time while it chases you, to exercise your skills {photography and otherwise} – and you might just end up winning the prize of a lifetime!

Keep your wits handy, and remember – everyone is a genius with a smartphone in hand. May the force be with you!


Date: Nov 1

Time: 4 to 5.30 pm



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Little Black Book

A curated guide to New Delhi that aims to provide information on any and everything that's new and happening in town, Little Black Book has something for everybody - be it about food, events, travel, or lifestyle. 

Little Black Book is now also in Bangalore!

Experience all the awesomeness at and




Photo Seva

A large format portrait project & demonstartion by Varun Gupta


Date: October 31

Time: 3 to 5pm

Location: Matighar lawn


The Photo Seva involves photographing the Indian diaspora with a unique twist. Shooting on 4x5 B&W film on a view camera, I employ a simple formula of ‘one for you and one for me.’ Each subjects goes away with an instant print of their own portrait and usually a big smile on their face. 

A one-hour introductory session on large format field photography will allow participants a glimpse into the workings of a view camera. This will be followed by an opportunity to observe Varun as he continues his Photo Seva at the IGNCA lawns.


Varun Gupta

Born in Calcutta to a family of travellers, Varun was exposed to rock-climbing, trekking and the towering beauty of the Himalayas at a very young age. As a natural extension of his travels, at age eight he took to the camera to document what he saw. A few hundred rolls of film later, his journey continued through a Bachelor of Arts degree from College of Wooster in Ohio, a job as an animator in New York, and a diploma in Photography from Light & Life Academy in Ooty.

His personal work, a reflection of his nomadic existence, evolves with steady progress in its artistic expression. Galleries in Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Pondicherry and Kochin have shown his photographs.




Art Photo Feature-DPF Photo Walk

Street Photography workshop with Rohit and Vineet Vohra


Date: November 1

Schedule: 6:45am Meet at Gate no1 Jama Masjid | 7am-9:30am Photo Walk | 5pm-6pm Gallery Walk at IGNCA | 6pm-8pm Introduction to Street Photography Lecture and review session, IGNCA.



Registration is free. Please send an email at to confirm your participation


Art Photo Feature

Established in May 2013, Art Photo Feature is a leading group in the world of street photography. The APF SPG Admin team is comprised of professional photographers, writers and artists from around the world. From the beginning, one of our goals has been to provide a platform for emerging photographers to showcase their work. We hope that by participating, you’ll be motivated to improve your craft as we promote the genre on an international platform.




Food Court

All day long food court showcasing some of young and independent

food entrepreneurs in the city curated by LBB.

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